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Physical goals and stuff, April 2015

In October 2013ish, I was at the gym and we were doing heavy deadlifts. As a lark, I was all, “Fuck it, let’s throw 305 on this thing and give it a go.” I pulled the shit out of that bar and got it off the floor. I remember thinking, Whoa. That was crazy heavy.

Yesterday I pulled 405 lbs.

And today I back squatted 305 lbs for 2.

I am pretty proud of that.

Of course there’s a ton of stuff I have plenty of room to improve on. I can’t run to save my life. My overhead movements are still pretty bad (but getting better). My handstands are pretty wobbly. I can barely chain together a few double-unders at a time. I get pretty psyched out when I see high volume wods. I’m not super great at pushups. My shoulders are tight and inflexible. And there’s probably a bunch more stuff I’m missing right now, but you get the point.

And of course, I can still improve on my deadlift and back squat. Of course!

But that is part of the fun of this whole “reconnecting with the potential of my body” thing I’ve been working on the last few years: seeing how far I can improve. There is no end game, there is only continued learning. And I like that a lot.

Sy Perlis, 91 and tougher than you are.

Click the link for the video. I couldn't turn off autoplay and that's a no-no.

Click the link for the video. I couldn’t turn off autoplay and that’s a no-no.

Holy crap this dude is tough. 91? WWII vet? Working out five days a week? Bench pressing what looks to be more than his bodyweight when people twenty years younger are off lamenting the loss of their youthful strength??

HuffPo copypasta:

Sy Perlis, a 91-year-old weightlifter, bench-pressed 187.2 pounds last week to break the world record in the 90-and-over age division, the Arizona Republic reported.

While the idea of a nonagenarian lifting more than what many grown men weigh is enough to amaze, consider this: The Surprise, Ariz., man hoisted 52.2 pounds more than the previous mark set in the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters.

“I would say that’s pretty phenomenal,” five-time world powerlifting champion Rickey Dale Crain told The Huffington Post.

Watch above as Perlis wows the crowd at the National Push-Pull Bench Press and Dead Lift Championships June 8 in Phoenix by slowly lowering the barbell to his chest and pushing the weight all the way up.

Perlis, a World War II veteran, owes his Herculean strength to five workouts a week after he skipped competition in 2012 to have a pacemaker inserted, the Republic wrote.

The World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters says on its website that drug-testing takes place at every meet.

Perlis has certainly earned our respect, as well as his place alongside names of other amazing senior citizens who excel at feats of endurance. Take Fauja Singh, who recently retired as the so-called “world’s oldest marathoner.” He was 101.

Bad ass. He beat the record by 52.2 pounds!

It just goes to show that no matter what happens to you, you should never give up trying to make yourself better. You only have one body; make it at strong as you can.

Also, note to whomever made this video, get yourself a pop-filter. Holy shit, your plosives.